Kyosuke Tchinai


Kyosuke Tchinai

Kyosuke Tchinaï was born in 1948 in Namikata Ohchi, Japan. In 1966, he was admitted to the National University of Fine Arts. In 1981, he was already taking part in major group shows like the Cleveland Biennale, the Salon Ueno-no-Mori Grand Prix or the Salon Yasui Award. Since 1983, renowned Japanese museums such as the Tokyo Central Museum of Art, the Kitakata Museum, the Kuma Museum, the Nakata Museum or even the Ehime Museun of Fine Arts have hosted his exhibitions. Tchinaï has received many prizes: the Excellence Award from the Young Japanese Painters Exhibition in 1988 or the Yasui Award in 1991. In 2000, he signed an exclusive agreement with Galerie Taménaga who is currently promoting his work throughout the world.

In Tchinaï’s own words, painting is a “magnificent weightlessness world”, his work highlights art’s ability to escape daily life by offering the depiction of a universe freed from material corruption and inhabited by wonderful creatures to the viewer.
The art of Tchinaï is directly inspired by the Ukiyo-e tradition from the Edo period, from which he borrows the type of composition as well as the delicate lines. He also draws inspiration from the screens or silk folding screen of the Momoyama period, particularly in his use of golden or silver backgrounds.
The painter was able to associate this pictorial legacy with a mixed technique, combining western and Japanese culture: the works on wood panels, recycled paper or Japanese paper are all coated with gesso and then covered with acrylic paint, gold or silver leaves, and the details enhanced by graphite pencils (faces, shadows, hair or furs).

Merging a realistically painted nature and a nearly cosmic and dreamlike universe, Kyosuke Tchinaï’s painting style invites us in the artist’s boundless imagination, in a world governed by poetry.